Monday, February 11, 2013

Director of Discovery & Access

Smith College seeks a dynamic and innovative Director to lead its newly formed Discovery & Access Group.   Serving on the Library Leadership Team, the Director will collaborate with colleagues to realize the mission and vision of the Libraries.  The Director will contribute to library-wide strategic planning, policy development, assessment and resource management.  The Director will demonstrate leadership in and commitment to the concepts and practices of the learning organization throughout the libraries.

As leader of the Discovery & Access group, the Director will guide, support and advance all functions of technical and access services through strategic planning, user-centered services, best practices, and robust technologies. The Director will manage a $3.4 million acquisitions budget.   The Director will promote open and active communication across the group and foster effective collaborations in the libraries, the college and the Five Colleges.  The Director will also engage directly with students and faculty to support research, teaching and learning.

Minimum Qualifications:  Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited program; 5 years of progressively responsible experience in planning, implementing and managing access and/or technical services; substantial supervisory and leadership experience; experience in successfully leading and implementing change; strong understanding of current issues, trends and technologies; solid subject knowledge in a liberal arts discipline; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Skills:  Demonstrated abilities to think strategically at both a systems level and a group level; to successfully manage projects, prioritize work, and solve problems; to apply critical, analytical and innovative thinking to work; to engage, develop, and lead librarians and staff in successful team work and collaborations; to continuously learn, apply and share new skills.  Excellent written and oral communication skills.

Review of applications will begin immediately.  To be considered for this position, apply on-line at

Smith College is an equal opportunity employer encouraging excellence through diversity.

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